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[ laughter ] >> bret: it wasn't us. if you really didn't like that, can you tweet me at breath underscore baier. make it a great weekend. fair, balanced and unafraid. >> shepard: tonight, two major stories. in libya, new denials from my maury qaddafi as we hear new reports his army is on the move and slaughtering his people. now new signs the u.s. navy is ready to take action. and the crisis in japan. experts raise the threat level now amid severe damage at the nuclear plant at fukushima. a high probability of significant public exposure even death. i'm serpd smith live in new york. the news starts now. >> helicopters, water canons,
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they tried fire hoses. now, it may be time to try something else. tonight, exploring the chernobyl option. is libya backing down? after the united nations okayed a no-fly zone, the regime reportedly declared a cease-fire. what's really going on on the ground. >> this is a fluid and dynamic situation. >> once more, my maury qaddafi has a choice. >> tonight, is is qaddafi playing games and is it time to use force? >> shepard: first from fox this friday night, a fox news alert the libyan government denies that military forces plan to enter the rebel held strong hold of benghazi in the eastern part of that country. this, an official admits that the army in that area but says that their presence does not violate the cease-fire that tripoli announced earlier today.
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>> libya has decided an immediate cease-fire and the stoppage of aerial military operations. >> shepard: even after the declaration a spokesman for the national opposition council reports fighting is still underway. he says government forces were using artillery to slam targets in cities, including misurata. amateur video appears to back the claims of fighting, although it's impossible now to determine whether -- where and when these images were recorded. the government denies any strikes against the resistance against the cease-fire announcement. this afternoon, president obama used strong words to address the situation. the president said muammar qaddafi must immediately stop attacking civilians and pull back his troops. >> let me be clear. these terms are not negotiable.
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these terms are not subject to negotiation. >> shepard: if colonel qaddafi does not comply there will be consequences. team fox coverage of breaking news tonight. james rosen at the state department. first our senior correspondent rick leventhal streaming live from the city of binning -- benghazi, not far from his troops are reportedly gathering. what are you hearing? >> the mood has definitely shifted here, shepard. it's much more tense tonight. we are hearing big guns firing behind me. i can tell you this. we were already hearing rumors that qaddafi's troops might be massing some 30 to 40 miles of benghazi to the south of us when a libyan official went on state television and said live tonight that in fact they were there but they weren't planning to enter the city. well, the rebels would tell you you can't believe anything that qaddafi or his people say especially since they say that the shelling of at least two cities in libya got worse after that cease-fire was announced,
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including in misurata where they say they were pounded by tanks and artillery shells throughout the day today. they say at least 25 people were killed there and the worst bombardment they have seen yet. to the south of us, a revolutionary commander says that qaddafi's army has been pounding that city all day, claiming as many as 30 may have been killed there, including civilians. we can't confirm the numbers, shepard, or the exact location of qaddafi's army tonight. shep? >> shepard: rick, how did they receive the news of the no-fly zone in benghazi there in libya? >> well, you know, it was a raucous celebration here at the border with egypt and other towns, including that brook across libya. guns firing in the air. horns honking, flags waving. people waving victory signs. general jubilation that the no-fly zone resolution had been passed and that they would be getting help. shepard, it's gotten a little more tense as i mentioned and a lot of people are saying that
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this may be coming a little too late. they want to know when that help is arriving. >> shepard: you know, rick, it sounds as if there is a growing humanitarian crisis in the city. >> well, there is, in fact, because they have no power. they have lost their cell connections. they can't reach the or medical supplies access to the town has been cut off by qaddafi's army and people are in need we saw supplies being brought in across the egyptian border. apparently they are having the tough time getting the supplies to the people who need it most. >> shepard: we will go back to rick leventhal live tonight in libya early this saturday morning. first, another fox news alert. this one on the disaster in japan. the country's nuclear safety agency has now raised the severity level of the crisis at the fukushima power plant that happened today.
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tntd on a 5 scale 1 to 7. wider and possibly more deadly consequences. three mile island here in the united states was also a five on that same scale. chernobyl the worst ever nuclear disaster was a seven. now engineers attaching a power cable to the fukushima nuclear plant. we have been waiting for this for days. they are traying to get the cooling stations. more cable inside the complex before they can attempt to turn the pumps on sometime over the weekend. but there is no guarantee that they will work since the earthquake that struck one week ago today may have damaged them. on "studio b" this afternoon, one expert said japan may have to resort to the so-called chernobyl option, meaning burying the reactors in the sand. covering them with a giant concrete structure. you can see it on the left there. >> the main thing is to stop it because if this thing has an uncontrolled release of radioactive products, we are
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going to lose a good chunk of northern japan. japan as a nation's integrity could be threatened. that's why i think the main thing right now is to stop it. >> but it did not stop the bleeding of chernobyl. the concrete cracked leaking radiation into the air and into the water. and even today more than 20 years later there is a plan to cover the entire thing with a new structure. now japanese officials say before they can consider that option or anything else, they have to cool down the reactors. the head of the tokyo electric power company or tepco, which owns the plant, breaking down at a news conference today in an enormous today after apologizing to his nation. our correspondent greg palkot streaming live from owe sack can a, japan, it's 8:00 a.m. on saturday there. >> shep, it's a crucial weekend. as you explain the cables have been laid outside. they're connected to the plant. now being laid inside. we are told they are going to
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try the system in reactor number 2 because that is the least damaged. they will try out the other machinery and try out the coolant pump there. if that works, then they will advance the other reactors, 1, 3, and 4. if that doesn't work, yes, as you noted, there are other options, that so-called chernobyl option, putting sand and concrete throughout the whole complex a way for the rods to cool down. that takes a long time. that is not a good option. another option is spraying down with a chemical the hot molt ton rods so they do not melt down. that is a last case scenario. so they're obviously hoping, shep, that plan a works. but it's going to take a couple days to see if that is actually an operative plan, shep? >> shepard: greg, what about those workers at the plant, 1 0 of them at last check. we saw more firefighters heading that way up there today. >> yeah. we have been talking about them all this week. they're the last line of defense, really, against catastrophe. today, in fact, at the plant, they were spraying down the sides of the reactors inside the
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reactors from fire engines. thieves guys were working on that. in tokyo today, 139 more firemen were being sent to the mission. all tolled at the complex, there were 800. it's down to about 150. but coming up again. so, again, these guys are doing the hard, dangerous work. and one report said what are they making a day? $110. that's not hazard pay, shep. >> shepard: greg palkot live this saturday morning in osaka, japan. uranium isn't the only threat at the fukushima reactors. there is also plutonium to worry did. the deadliest element on planet earth especially bad for organs, lungs and kidneys. this man handling the stuff at the laboratory in new mexico. the nuclear 3 reactor uses uranium and plutonium mix for fuel. but all six reactors there are apparently having some sort of
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plutonium because it's created during nuclear -- it can more easily trigger a nuclear chain reaction. it also takes tens of thousands of years just to break down. well, continuing to track developments from japan including the latest effort to get the power back to water pumps. we are keeping a close action eye on the action in libya. we'll take you live to the capital near the regime side of the story. we will also talk to a man who has some experience setting up no fly zones. we will ask him are we on the verge of a new war in the middle east? two breaking stories from the journalists of fox news spread around the world tonight. this is the fox report. >> colonel qaddafi's refusal to hear the repeated calls up until now to halt violence against his own people has left us with no other choice but to pursue this course of action. while this resolution is an
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>> shepard: continuing coverage now. death toll in japan has risen to 7,000. officials are insistent that more than 10,000 have lost their lives in this earthquake and what's followed and 10,000 are still missing in the northeastern part of the country after the earthquake and tsunami that struck one week ago. a staggering loss of life not to mention property. much of the focus is on the fukushima nuclear plant. waiting on word whether the crews are able to get power to the stalled water pumps. updates as we get them into fox news. perspective on fox report. other breaking story, america's ambassador to the united nations now says libya's leader is in violation of the resolution that
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the united nations security council passed just yesterday. the one that banned flights in libyan airspace and called for an immediate cease-fire. and as we reported at the top of this newscast, libya denies completely that its military is advancing on a rebel strong hold at all. but ambassador susan rice of the united states disagrees. james rosen with that is he live at the state department tonight. james, it's not new that we are getting differing information from different people. >> yeah, especially when one of those people is muammar qaddafi, shep. rice told division interviewer tonight that unless qaddafi immediately comes in compliance with resolution. swift and quick consequences. that does not authorize military action against qaddafi directly but she also suggested that it remains u.s. policy to try to force him out. finally rice also indicated that her staff lawyers believe that that resolution does permit western nations to supply arms to libyan rebels, shep.
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>> shepard: the plan for setting this up no-fly zone, it appears to be evolving, right? >> that's right. allied officials are obviously knee deep in that planning. secretary of state clinton met with irish leaders here at the state department today while britain, france, and nato held strategy sessions elsewhere today. listen closely to secretary clinton's carefully chosen words over the last 24 hours. yesterday in to your knowledge, knowledge, -- thune to your. >> military experts around the world know that a no-fly zone requires certain actions taken to protect the planes and the pilots, including bombing targets like the libyan defense system. >> it's hard to know what the next steps will be. the secretary general appointed a special representative, a
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former jordanian foreign minister. we will obviously want to have the international community involved in any kind of dialogue with the opposition and with the qaddafi regime. >> clinton added the final result of any such negotiations would have to be qaddafi leaving, shep? >> shepard: james, it's my understanding that many world leaders will be heading to paris this weekend for, i guess, an emergency summit. >> that's right. among them, secretary of state clinton european allies spent the day trying to rally support from their own countries in parliament. britain's prime minister underscored the limited objective of the u.n.-backed campaign. while france's foreign minister campaign how swiftly action could come. the czech republic that we would see any military action, quote, in the next few days, shep? >> shepard: james rosen live at the state department. thanks. our coverage of the story is just getting started. inside from a man who helped enforce the no-fly zone in iraq during the gulf war. that's coming up next. [ male announcer ] opportunity
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>> shepard: president obama now says if colonel qaddafi does not stop attacking his own people the international community will enforce the united nations cease-fire resolution through military action. and while the u.s., he says, will not put troops on the ground, it will help allies enforce a notifies over -- no-fly zone over libya. with us from washington no-fly zone in iraq during the first gulf war retired navy captain chuck nash. he is also a fox news military analyst. sir, it's great to see you. how do you feel about this thing. >> well, i think there are a whole lot of unanswered questions about this, shep. this is a big evolution to set up folks may think just because it's not direct combat like afghanistan or what took place in iraq that it is something that you just snap up over a
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weekend and you are ready to rock on monday. it's just not that way. it's a very complex operation. and, in fact, it can be even more complex in some regards than combat where you have a clear mission. >> shepard: breaking news came in as you were answering that question, chuck. here is what we have got. the french ambassador to the united nations has just reported that he expects military intervention in libya to begin within hours. this came at a summit underway now quoting tomorrow we have a summit in paris with all the major participants in the operation. and the diplomatic efforts. so i think it would be a good moment to send the last signal he told the bbc, which means the united states, the u.k. and france. we'll also -- we have also launched the ultimatum about the cease-fire and set the conditions. i guess after the summit i think that in the coming hours i think we will go to launch military intervention. so we are hours away now. i guess the hope is that they will be able to stop this
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slaughter of the people but i know there are lingering questions about whether it's come too late. >> well, and the other thing is, i understand what you just said, but to get a full system up and operating where the rules of engagement are in place, the command and control structure is in place. you have got these flights on a routine basis with their patrol areas set up. they may fly a couple of recon isn't a which i think will take place first. the one thing you pointed thought your lead-in is the picture on the ground is very unclear right now as to who is where and what's really going on. so, they are going to have to get some kind of a ground picture first before they start flooding the skies of libya with french and british firefighters. >> shepard: we they have been able to get any of this ground picture from satellites or otherwise? >> they can use satellites but the thing about satellites is it's just orbit tall do i am in dynamics. what we need to get over there
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are some good surveillance intelligence like awax off the coast or some uav's where we can dwell and actually stare at what these formations are on the ground so we can try to figure it out. the other thing is a lot of communications intercept. so, the united states, when we get into that, i think, if we get into it, the united states is going to be providing a lot of the isr and the electronic attack side of this equation as well as logistics. >> shepard: captain chuck nash u.s. navy retired. captain, a lot to look at in the days ahead, sir, thank you very much. keeping a close eye here on the situation in libya tonight, earlier we heard from our reporter in the rebel strong hold of benghazi. coming up, we will check in with our own steve harrigan who is live early this saturday morning in tripoli and we're live at the white house with more on the u.s. role in the international military operation. of course, there are two breaking stories this friday night. we're also following developments in japan where the u.s. military is now helping with the relief operation.
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rights for most state workers there. the republican governor scott walker signed it into law a few weeks ago after weeks of protests at wisconsin capitol and a standoff with senate democrats who left the state to try to prevent a vote. the judge's temporary restraining order means the measure will not take effect unless and until she rules on a legal challenge. a democratic prosecutor claims republicans broke the law when they passed that bill with 24 hours notice or without 24 hours notice. wisconsin's assistant attorney general says the state will appeal that ruling. i'm shepard smith. this is "the fox report." it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news. and the world taking steps now to start imposing a no-fly zone over libya to protect opposition forces and civilians. italy and spain said they will let other nations use their bases to launch the air patrol. france, denmark, canada and britain have all promised to
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supply fighter jets. >> britain will deploy tornadoes and typhoons as well as refueling and surveillance aircraft. preparations to deploy have already started and in the coming hours move air bases from where they can start to take the necessary action. >> shepard: the british prime minister cammeron adds that the clock is ticking as he puts it if muammar qaddafi wants to prevent air strikes he better start getting serious about a cease-fire. the no-fly zone could begin within the next few hours. steve harrigan streaming live from capital city of tripoli. what's the regime, steve, saying now? >> shepard, the regime is saying two very opposite things. it's hard to know who believe at this point. on the one hand you have the foreign minister speaking earlier today saying there would be a cease-fire a complete halt in all military operations. on the other hand, you have colonel qaddafi saying himself that they will hunt the rebels down from room to room, from closet to closet and show no
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mercy. at this point, judging by facts on the ground, it looks like colonel qaddafi is closer to the truth, shepard? >> shepard: steve, when i was speaking to you from japan, the mood was one thing. at that points it has changed dramatically since there in tripoli. >> it was really done a 180. for 12 days government forces had really rolled up the rebels taking city after city. they were about to celebrate the capture of the final rebel strong hold. now suddenly the facts are now different. there is a mood of anger and real defiance. officials didn't let anyone out of this hotel where the media is today. they said people about beat you up. attack you on the streets that anger, that resentment is only likely to increase if there are air strikes. >> what's the word on the fighting now, steve. >> right now rebels are saying they are still being attacked and shelled in the town. as far as that goes now the most important thing is u.s. security officials saying government forces are continuing to advance
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on that rebel strong hold of benghazi in clear violation, u.s. officials say, of that cease-fire. eyewitnesses point those troops, government forces now just 30 miles away from the last rebel strong hold. shepard? >> shepard: get back breaking news steve harrigan live in tripoli early this saturday morning. well, president obama met with members of conscious today to brief them on the u.s. role in that operation in libya. and he stressed it will be a support role. the u.s. will not send in ground troops and will not send in fighter jets. wendell goler at the white house now. wendell, a lot of people are asking is this, well, too late? >> well, shep, the president was under fire for how long it took the u.n. security council to act. his aids say it was faster than usual. they believe libya or pardon me britain will get its jets into place pretty quickly. and the president says that my maury qaddafi has to do more than simply accept the cease-fire and hunker down. >> all attacks against civilians
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must stop. qaddafi must stop his troops from advancing on benghazi. pull them back from misurata and establish water, electricity, and gas supplies to all areas. humanitarian assistance must be allowed to reach the people of libya. >> officials say the international community must be involved in talks between qaddafi and the opposition and ultimately qaddafi himself must go, shepard. >> shepard: i know there was a lot of the behind the scenes talks about this before the president spoke. what's the thinking of the message that he is trying to send today? >> well, shep, having promised the american people that he would get u.s. forces out of two foreign wars, the president wanted to assure them he wasn't sending fighters to a third. another thing was to explain why libya matters to the american public. he said left unchecked, qaddafi would again attack his own people. there would be atrocities, thousands would be killed.
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humanitarian disaster. and he said the word of the international community would mean nothing. the president's aides were were deeply divided reportedly over the possibility of u.s. military involvement. suggested getting out in front on the diplomatic side. officials here believe a lower u.s. profile allowed the arab league to support the u.n. resolution. that kept russia and china from vetoing it meanwhile, the rather limited u.s. involvement in the no-fly zone means a smaller share of the cost which could run between a few million dollars and more than $100 million a week, shepard? >> shepard: wendell goler live at the white house tonight. thanks. continuing coverage of the crisis in japan after officials today raised the threat level at the badly damaged fukushima nuclear plant. crews are still working on a power fix for that stalled cooling system there that's meant to keep the reactors from overheating. as far as we know now, they have been trying to get this done for at least three days. this amid a mass exodus from japan. officials say they detected low levels of radiation in tokyo and
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beyond. but that none of that could pose a health risk to anyone. we're told hazardous levels are limit to the area around the plant itself. still, many say they just don't want to take any chances. >> i guess it's the fear of not knowing if we are going to be safe. >> mainly concerned about the radiation coming down from the north. and i don't know how that would effect my daughter. i don't know. >> shepard: you see the face mask he is wearing. lots of them were wearing them today in the airport in tokyo as we left earlier. friday in japan, the national observance of a moment of silence marking exactly one week since the earthquake struck. survivors honoring the thousands of people who could not make it out alive. well, we are learning more tonight about the brave workers trying to cool the reactors at the fukushima plant. we're told the electric company tepco has increased the number of workers on the ground there to more than 300 now. the government has more than doubled its maximum allowable
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radiation level to a level high enough to cause radiation sickness. and according to the reporting of the "wall street journal," which is owned by the parent company of this network, those workers are risking their lives for a little more than $100 a day. of course, it's much bigger than that. they are risking their lives for the safety of their country. the journal also reports somebody online recently tweeted that his father, a nuclear plant worker, had rushed to fukushima to help. that person wrote: my dad is up for retirement in a half a year or so when he told me he had volunteered to go, it nearly made me cry. he is a helpless man at home. i have never been so proud of him as i am today. 17,000 u.s. marines and sailors now on ships anchored off the coast of japan to help with relief missions there. and the pentagon is now saying those troops can get within 50 miles of the fukushima plant if they have special permission and giving them radiation pills. marines unloading aid supplies
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for those areas the earthquake and tsunami hit the hardest with more than 400,000 survivors said to be in need of help, troops have their work cut out for them. log on to foxnews.com for more information on how you can help the recovery. again, that's foxnews.com. we have heard what president obama has to say about our military's role in the libya no-fly zone. next, more details on potential u.s. involvement. a live report from the pentagon. that's next. welcome to the darker side of green. see your lexus dealer.
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doug mckelway is live at the pentagon tonight. it appears the u.s. will be heavily involved in this effort. of. >> you know, according to experts we have spoken with, shep, they have to be heavily involved simply because none of these other coalition air forces have the capabilities that the u.s. does. whether it's surveillance, whether it's aerial refueling or logistic support. now, something said that the president reiterated that the u.s. ground forces will not be used ironclad rule sources tell us who are very close to a classified senate briefing that was held last night for senators that u.s. attack planes will not be used. some are very skeptical that this operationing can carried out without boots on the ground. here is general wesley clark. >> because if the rebels are reporting that they are still being fired on in these cities and they are taking sniper fire and tank fire, you can't handle that without someone on the ground. >> these limitations, however do not preclude the u.s. use of
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cruise missiles from either mediterranean or submarines in the mediterranean. and it also does not preclude the use of drones or even long range naval guns they have a range of about 12 miles or even longer. shep? one of the concerns is that russia or china would block the no-fly zone. russia says it didn't endorse it either. >> they didn't enforce it. they abstained from the vote, one of four or five countries that abstained from the vote. a lot of concern on the part of russia. they are concerned by a widening war: that's one reason they abstained. a lot of thought in russia about a double standard. why imply a no-fly zone over libya but not one over bahrain where the royal family has now enlisted the support of the saudi government to quell the disturbance there. shep? >> shepard: doug mche mcelwee lt the meningioma tonight. blood continues to spread across yemen. government security forces on
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roof tops opened fire on civilians, antigovernment protesters reportedly killing at least 40 of them. yemen's president, of course, denies that police fired on the demonstrators. but he did declare a 30 day state of emergency. that gives wider powers to its security forces and bars citizens from carrying guns in public. the protesters say they are frustrated by government corruption and soaring unemployment there get this. 40% of the population lives on 2 adds day or less. the country also home to al qaeda off shoot. bahrain home of the united states navy fifth fleet. the death toll has risen to 12 as mostly she a protesters rally against the sunni monarchy there and saudi led security force. the government today tore down 300-foot monument in the heart of the capital that served as a hub. the official bahrain news agency reports the demolition was a
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face lift to help traffic. demonstrators call it a government attempt to deal a psychological blow and at least one of them reportedly said it won't work. in saudi arabia causeway from bahrain, the king is now offering his people money as long as they squash any thoughts of a rebellion. after midday prayers on friday, king abdelah promised saudi citizens, raises, cash, loans, even apartments. he also thanked his people and security forces for being the hands of the country's stability. you may remember hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the country's eastern region last week. witnesses say police injured a few protesters as they dispersed the crowds, in the capitol security forces were reportedly out in force to keep people from protesting there. well, between the uprisings and the oil rich middle east and the catastrophe unfolding in japan. energy prices have been all over the place during the past few
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weeks. but oil pulled back slightly today. trading on word of a cease-fire in libya. the cost of crude down, just 35 cents. but down none the less to 101. gerri willis from the fox business network is with us. gerri, still a lot of uncertainty there. >> you bet. interesting to watch. the oil market focusing again on the middle east, north africa. prices gapped down 3 bucks intraday on news of a cease-fire there in libya. i have got to tell you don't get excited yet. we have more uncertainty especially with that saudi intervention in bahrain. >> shepard: stocks have been on the slide now for second day in the row they are un. >> the banks, in fact. >> bill: banksters. >> had a good day today. they passed stress tests. 19 of the biggest. that means they are no longer under the thumb of federal regulators. be able to give out great big dividends $7.8 billion expected to go to investors. i have to say, shep, you can probably expect some better salaries for some of the
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executives, too. >> shepard: i'm sure. gerri willis. we'll watch with you each weekday afternoon, 5:00 eastern time on the willis report. that's on the fox business network just up the dial. up next, the latest on the efforts to re-start those cooling pumps at japan's crippled nuclear power plant. emergency power lines on the way again today. they say they are close. we'll ask a top nuclear expert what officials there can do to get those reactors under control. and what happens if the latest plan to get those pumps working does not work? that's coming up. what do you see yourself doing after you do retire? client comes in and they have a box. and inside that box is their financial life. people wake up and realize. "i better start doing something." we open up that box. we organize it. and we make decisions. we really are here to help you. they look back and think "wow. i never thought i could do this." but we've actually done it.
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>> shepard: fox news alert. we are waiting for word from japanese officials on their efforts to power up the cooling purpose at one of the damaged nuclear plants at fukushima. at last report engineers had indeed connected a power cable
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to the electric grid to the reactor site and they were working to lay additional cable inside that facility. essentially, it's a giant extension cord. more than a half mile long. experts consider it their best hope to restoring cooling systems. now, workers have to check to make sure that the cooling equipment itself isn't damaged before flipping the switch. with us now is physicist david all bright, the president of the institute for science and international security in washington and an expert on nuclear technology. david, one of the things that i don't hear mentioned very often is that even if they the power there is no guarantee this is going to work. >> that's right. with all the damage from the earthquake, they can't just hook it up and flip the switch and then water flows. they are going to have to check the pumps, check the circuits and probably do a lot of jerry rigging to get it i imagine it will be a slow process. one hopes it will go quickly. but it could very well take days before they can really get the water going. >> shepard: you know, a company
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official said today, admitted that even once they get it up there could be sparks in there, sparks from this connection that could cause even bigger problems. >> that's right. they have to proceed very, very carefully. because they don't want to cause more damage. and then have to replace pumps. that could take days more, maybe even a couple weeks more. they have to proceed very slowly. but there has been some good news. i mean from, commercial satellite imagery from today, it looks like there is no more steam coming out of the spent fuel pond of reactor three. so that appears to have, perhaps, been successful. you never know in this situation. but there is some progress that's being made. i wouldn't say we are out of the woods by any means. there still remains some real problems with unit four, the spent fuel pond. there is still disagreement is the pond empty, which is much more dangerous than when it's got water in it. tepco officials say no, there is water in it.
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so, but you notice no one is spraying the building or unit 1 spent fuel pond. there is a lot of trepidation that maybe the u.s. is right, and it could be dangerous to spray the pond without knowing what's there. and so one of the priorities is going to be, i think after they deal with reactor three, is to turn to the spent fuel pond in unity 1 and try to get that under control. that probably will continue into next week. >> shepard: i know people get bogged down in 1, 2, 3, 4's we talk about all the time. the truth is if those spent fuel rods in number 1 have heated up to a very high temperature and the core is very hot, and then you add water on to that, you have a new problem. >> no, that's right. you definitely -- and in unit 4, if -- there has been reports that perhaps there is cracks or holes in the spent fuel pond. and so if you just start pouring water in, and you can't really quench the fires that start, for
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example, you could end up having a much larger release of radiation. so you have got to make sure that if you are going to put water in it you are going to do the job and cover the spent fuel rods. and so that's one of the key things. there is also you have to worry that you don't start a new chain reaction. remember, fuel -- reactor really fuel in this case water. inand the water is critical to getting the chain reaction going. so you have to make sure that the fuel assemblies are spaced apart. you load up the water with bore ron, a knew tron observing material. and then you proceed cautiously and make sure that you understand the risks involved in any remediation action. >> shepard: you have so many challenges ahead and some opportunities for things to go wrong. physicist david albright. from d.c. with us live. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> shepard: much more on our two breaking stories tonight. japan's prevent a meltdown with power cable.
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expects military action to begin, quote: within hours, unquote of tomorrow's planned summit in paris. and an update from japan's overheating nuclear plant as it continues to leak dangerous amounts of radiation. it's now saturday morning, just before :00 a.m. in japan where tepco, the tokyo electric power company officials say crews may be able to connect that power line within 24 hours to start the cooling system. this after days of trying but there is no guarantee it will work. and officials say they are also considering a last resort that would involve essentially burringy the facility in mounds of sand and concrete. that's what happened at chernobyl. experts say it's extremely risky move. as japan weighs the options the united states is providing help that includes conducting flights to measure the radiation levels there and providing a military fire truck to help crews douse
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the overheated reactors. on this day in 1990, thieves carried out the biggest art heist in the history of america. it went down at the isabella stewart gardner museum in boston. two men dressed as cops tied up a pair of security guards and in less than 90 minutes made off with 13 works of art by the masters including rembrandt collectively worth a half a billion dollars. the case still not solved today. last year investigators offered full immunity to anyone who helps locate the pieces of stolen art. that's on top of the museum's 5-million-dollar cash reward. two men pulled off a masterful caper 21 years ago today. and now you know the news for this friday, march the 18th, 2011. i'm shepard smith. before we leave you tonight, some good news out of japan. a woman there reunited with her dog seven days after the quake and tsunami separates the two of them. look at them. we're told they are now helping each other stay wm

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The FOX Report With Shepard Smith
FOX News March 18, 2011 7:00pm-8:00pm EDT

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